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Bitget Report Reveals 33% of Crypto Job Applicants Come From Banking

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, Jan. 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bitget, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 company, released a comprehensive report revealing that one-third of crypto job applicants are former employees of the banking and financial sectors. The report also provides invaluable insights into the impact of decentralized technologies on banks in 2023 and analyzes how remote work and digitalization have influenced the financial job market.

Key takeaways:

–  33% of the exchange job applicants previously worked in banking;

–  Investments in blockchain retail banking will reach $40.4 billion by 2031;

–  50% reduction of revenues of banks resulted in over 70,000 job cuts between 2020-2023;

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–  36% of blockchain-related posted roles were remote-based, double the global average of 16%

–  Salaries in crypto startups are almost double those of banking comparable positions;

–  23% of candidates apply for KYC Manager, Compliance Associate, Senior Compliance Associate, and AML Analyst.

The report delves into some major events that have driven the adoption of blockchain in traditional banking in 2023, including the launch of development initiatives aimed at decentralized technology adoption by such giants as HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Citi Group, and others. Predictions state that the impact of blockchain in retail banking will achieve a milestone of $40.4 billion by 2031, a CAGR growth of 40.4%, with banking spending on blockchain estimated to reach $22.5 billion between 2025 and 2026.

The main section of the report is dedicated to the trends in recruitment in the blockchain industry, emphasizing that talents from the financial sector are migrating into the domain of cryptocurrencies in search of opportunities, attracted by higher salaries and innovation prospects. The result is a brain-drain from traditional banking, driving reevaluation of hiring approaches and compensation offers on the part of the latter.

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The statistics presented in the report showcase that the UK alone experienced a 46% increase in technology-related vacancies in 2020 – one-third of all jobs advertised in the country. The case is best described by Goldman Sachs, where 30% of employees are software engineers.

The reduction in revenues by investment banks by over 50% year-over-year has resulted in layoffs, leading to a migration of talents. The reorganizations of such banks as Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and others, alone have led to over 50,000 job cuts since 2020. Another 20,000 jobs were cut by five major banks in 2023.

The shift towards technology-focused jobs on the part of younger employees is also revealed to be a major factor, further eroding the workforce of banks. The outflow was somewhat balanced by the hi-tech industry, where companies like Coinbase, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and others hired from 20 to 200 employees. The crypto sector led the hiring spree, with Coinbase attracting 197 talents, and Amber Group – 250. Such dynamics remain, despite the FTX crisis in 2022, which saw over 2,000 job losses in the sector.

Regarding compensation, the report states that banks have reduced overall salaries due to remote working conditions and digitization, while the crypto industry offered competitively higher salaries for remote employees. In 2022, 36% of blockchain-related posted roles were remote-based, double the estimated worldwide average of 16%. As for salaries, junior engineers at crypto startups in London can expect to get beginning wages of around $125,000 with incentives, compared to $87,810 investment banks offer for similar positions. The difference is cardinal in the case of banks, where salaries average at $54,000, while crypto firms offer around $115,667.

The Bitget report also draws on resume counts to highlight the outflow of banking employees, stating that the yearly count of resumes associated with banking surged from 880 to 1,440 in 2 years, a 113% increase in 2022, and 143% in 2023. This means that in 2023, 33% of all resumes originated from the banking industry. As for interest from professionals outside the crypto market, the 180% rise was almost doubled to 330% over 2 years.

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Middle and senior positions in investment relations, business development and sales, KYC and compliance, data analytics, product design, project management, and backend engineering, are among the most commonly encountered. 23% of candidates applied for roles such as KYC Manager, Compliance Associate, Senior Compliance Associate, and AML Analyst.

Factors, such as high salaries, industry prestige, growth opportunities, and flexibility are stated as the main reasons for employee migration to the crypto industry. Banks are responding slowly, with 74% of CFOs surveyed by Deloitte stating that they plan to shift previously on-premise workers to remote positions.

Gracy Chen, Managing Director of Bitget, stated, “Bitget’s latest report sheds light on the remarkable transformation occurring in the financial job market, as crypto gains momentum and decentralization reshapes traditional banking. The data indicates a significant shift, with talents from the banking sector migrating towards cryptocurrency, drawn by the promise of higher salaries and innovation prospects. Such a shift may lead to increased mergers and acquisitions in both markets, impacting job reductions and transforming the labor market. As the crypto industry continues to thrive, we remain committed to providing valuable insights that empower professionals and market participants in navigating these evolving landscapes,”

Bitget releases regular studies on a wide range of topics that encompass its markets of operation and global trends that influence the development of the decentralized economy. The reports provide invaluable information to both professionals and market participants seeking insights into potential future changes in industries and opportunities for development.

About Bitget

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Established in 2018, Bitget is the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 company. Serving over 20 million users in 100+ countries and regions, the Bitget exchange is committed to helping users trade smarter with its pioneering copy trading feature and other trading solutions. Formerly known as BitKeep, Bitget Wallet is a world-class multi-chain crypto wallet that offers an array of comprehensive Web3 solutions and features including wallet functionality, swap, NFT Marketplace, DApp browser, and more. Bitget inspires individuals to embrace crypto through collaborations with credible partners, including legendary Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi and official eSports events organizer PGL.

For more information, visit: Website | Twitter | Telegram | LinkedIn | Discord | Bitget Wallet

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Digital Currency Initiative Launches in Taiwan by Collaborating with Prestigious University

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In an innovative effort to revolutionize digital financial education, a prominent digital currency provider has teamed up with a renowned university in Taiwan. This strategic collaboration aims to equip students with advanced knowledge and practical experience, preparing them for the future of finance.

Empowering Future Financial Professional

The partnership focuses on immersing students in the complex world of digital assets, blockchain technology, and cutting-edge financial instruments. Industry experts will offer invaluable insights and mentorship, enhancing students’ understanding and skills in this rapidly evolving field.

Curriculum Highlights:

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  • Blockchain Principles: Foundational knowledge of blockchain technology.
  • Critical Thinking: Developing analytical skills for problem-solving in digital finance.
  • Risk Assessment: Strategies for identifying and managing financial risks.
  • Legal Compliance: Understanding the regulatory landscape and compliance requirements.
  • Career Insights: Exploring potential career paths in the digital finance industry.

Commitment to Digital Economy Growth

This initiative underscores a commitment to fostering the digital economy’s growth by highlighting the stability of digital assets against traditional currencies. The newly introduced digital token combines traditional asset stability with blockchain security, offering a robust financial instrument for the future.

The digital currency provider has a long-standing history of promoting blockchain education and advocating for financial inclusivity. By facilitating cross-border transactions and investing in emerging markets, the organization continues to play a crucial role in shaping digital finance’s future.

Advancing Financial Literacy and Inclusivity

This collaborative effort represents a significant step towards democratizing financial literacy and empowering individuals worldwide to engage with the evolving digital currency landscape.

Additional Facts:

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  • Taiwan’s Blockchain Hub: Taiwan actively promotes itself as a hub for blockchain and digital currency innovation through various initiatives.
  • Research and Development: The partnership is expected to spur increased R&D activities in digital assets, benefiting both academia and industry.
  • Regulatory Exploration: Taiwan’s government is interested in exploring regulatory frameworks for digital currencies and blockchain technology, creating a supportive environment for such collaborations.

Key Questions Addressed

  1. Impact on Adoption: How will the collaboration between the digital currency provider and the university impact the adoption of digital currencies in Taiwan?
  2. Skills and Knowledge: What specific skills and knowledge will students gain from the curriculum focusing on blockchain technology and digital assets?
  3. Regulatory Compliance: How does the initiative address potential regulatory challenges and compliance issues in the digital currency space?

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages:

  • Enhanced Education: Offering students unique educational opportunities in digital finance and blockchain technology.
  • Industry-Academia Bridge: Providing hands-on experience and mentorship to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
  • Economic Growth: Contributing to the growth and development of the digital economy in Taiwan and beyond.

Disadvantages:

  • Curriculum Updates: Potential challenges in keeping the curriculum up-to-date with the rapidly evolving digital currency landscape.
  • Practical Exposure: Ensuring students receive practical, real-world experience to complement theoretical knowledge.
  • Regulatory Balance: Balancing the promotion of digital currencies with the need for regulatory compliance and risk management.

The collaboration between the digital currency provider and the Taiwanese university marks a significant milestone in digital financial education. By integrating industry expertise with academic rigor, this partnership aims to nurture the next generation of financial professionals and foster the growth of the digital economy.

Source: smartphonemagazine.com

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Binance Appeals Against $4.3M Penalty Imposed by Canada Regulator

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In a recent court appeal, Binance argued that it does not specifically target Canadian customers, claiming its activity in Canada is merely a byproduct of its international operations, according to a June 19 report by the Canadian Press. The exchange revealed that although it had previously attempted to establish a Canadian presence, these plans were abandoned. By May 2023, Binance had fully exited the Canadian market, citing new regulations on stablecoins and investor restrictions that made continued operations unfeasible. Despite its departure, Binance acknowledged the sentimental value of Canada, being the home country of its founder.

In May, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) imposed a $4.3 million fine on Binance for non-compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) and terrorist financing rules. FINTRAC claimed that between June 2021 and July 2023, Binance failed to report over 5,000 transactions of $10,000 or more. Additionally, despite having multiple opportunities, Binance failed to register as a money services business within the deadlines set by the regulator.

Beyond its issues in Canada, Binance is facing a multitude of legal challenges globally. In April, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the exchange in Canada, accusing it of violating securities laws. The plaintiffs allege that Binance sold crypto derivative products to everyday investors without proper registration, breaching Ontario’s Securities Act and federal regulations. This lawsuit, representing tens of thousands of Canadian investors, seeks compensation and the reversal of unauthorized trades.

Globally, Binance has also faced significant financial penalties. In November, the exchange settled with US authorities, agreeing to a $4 billion fine for violations of anti-money laundering and sanctions laws. Similarly, the Indian Financial Intelligence Unit imposed a $2.24 million fine, the largest ever against a crypto entity in the country, for failing to comply with AML regulations.

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Binance’s regulatory and legal troubles illustrate the significant challenges faced by cryptocurrency exchanges operating across multiple jurisdictions. While the exchange continues to navigate these complexities, its ability to comply with global regulatory standards and address legal disputes will be critical to its long-term viability and reputation in the market.

Source: cryptonews.com

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Binance.US Dealt Another Blow: North Dakota Revokes License

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Following the lead of states like Florida, Alaska, Oregon, Maine, and North Carolina, North Dakota has moved to block Binance.US from regaining its money transmitter license. This decision by the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is grounded in a November 2023 guilty plea by Binance founder Changpeng Zhao on anti-money laundering charges, further questioning the exchange’s suitability for operation.

Protecting Public Interest

DFI Commissioner Lise Kruse emphasized the need to protect the public interest in her statement: “The Commissioner finds the Respondent does not continue to meet the qualifications or satisfy requirements that may apply to an applicant for a new money transmitter license.” This decision adds North Dakota to the growing list of states placing Binance.US in regulatory “penalty boxes.”

Global Troubles and US Regulatory Concerns

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The regulatory issues faced by Binance.US in the United States reflect broader global challenges. For instance, a recent regulatory conflict in Nigeria, which resulted in the detention of a Binance executive, raises additional concerns for US regulators, complicating Binance.US’s situation further.

Impact and Outlook for Binance.US

Currently, Binance.US is unable to onboard new users in several regions and is entirely inaccessible in over 10 states. The exchange has until July 17, 2024, to challenge North Dakota’s decision. However, the outlook remains uncertain, given the mounting restrictions and regulatory pressures.

The relatively short prison sentence for Zhao might suggest a potential course correction within Binance. By prioritizing user safety and adhering strictly to US regulations, Binance.US could potentially regain some lost ground. The exchange’s future hinges on its ability to address regulatory compliance issues effectively.

The Broader Implications

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This regulatory crackdown highlights the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency regulation. While the innovative potential of cryptocurrencies is significant, exchanges must operate within established regulatory frameworks to maintain trust and stability in the market. Binance.US’s struggle will be closely watched by the entire cryptocurrency industry, serving as a cautionary tale for exchanges that prioritize growth over compliance.

Source: bitcoinist.com

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